6 Ways NOT to Use Bar Keepers Friend

With 2000+ reviews and over 35000 Facebook followers, there is no denying that Kiwis love using Bar Keepers Friend. However, there are times when these products are not recommended.

As with anything you want to be cautious, especially when using new cleaning products so here are a few insights in how NOT to use BKF. 

1. Not Testing First

I know we harp on about testing here at Bar Keepers Friend NZ, but it is for good reason. Testing on a surface first can prevent cleaning mishaps or damage to a surface or item.

Always, always, ALWAYS test in a small (hidden if possible) area first, and follow instructions carefully.

2. Leaving on Too Long

Bar Keepers Friend products work quickly, and for most surfaces we recommend rinsing off within a minute of application, as per instructions. Leaving the product on the surface for a longer period may result in discolouration or streaks.

Hot tip: Set a phone timer.

3. Mixing Other Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products, including Bar Keepers Friend, should not be mixed with other cleaners or chemicals. Combining BKF with ammonia or bleach can create toxic fumes.

Unlike BKF, many of the top selling cleaners contain bleach. These cleaners mixed with BKF are especially dangerous, as bleach mixed with BKF can create chlorine gas.

Hot tip: Rinse off any other cleaning products (if used recently) before using BKF.

4. Trying on Everything

While Bar Keepers Friend cleans and polishes many surfaces, there are many surfaces you will want to avoid using BKF on.

Do not use BKF on the following: cast iron, granite, wood, fabric (incl. leather) and painted, porous or non-stick surfaces.

Hot tip: If unsure about a particular surface, do a quick Google search, or flick us an email at support@cleanpost.co.nz - Also refer back to #1

5. Using Dry

Bar Keepers Friend was never designed to be used dry. The original powder should always be mixed with water by either adding water to the powder and mixing it in, or wetting the surface to clean and then adding BKF.

Like any powder, Bar Keepers Friend can be blown into the air, and should never be inhaled.  

6. Not Rinsing After

Our products need to be thoroughly rinsed after use (See #2). If not rinsed correctly it may leave a white film or streaks on the surface.

Always rinse thoroughly after use, then wipe down the surface with a clean dry cloth.

Now that we've cleared that up, get cleaning!

How/Where to Buy

Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser can be bought online individually, or as part of a kit. We are also in over 200 stores nationwide. Find your closest retailer here.

Hot Tip: Our cleaning kits will save you up to 30% when you shop online!


Bar Keepers Friend Double Trio


Bar Keepers Friend, the incredible world-famous cleaning product that has taken New Zealand by storm, and Scrub Daddy, the #1 Selling product EVER on the USA's Shark Tank, have teamed up to bring you the Double Trio. 


The Double Trio includes:

  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Original Cleanser & Polish 340g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser 369g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray & Foam 750ml
  • 1 x Scrub Daddy Original - Yellow
  • 1 x Scrub Daddy Colours
  • 1 x Scrub Mommy (Dual Sided) - Pink

Original Cleanser – Best for use on tough stains like showers glass, tiles, toilets, brass, copper tubs and more to get rid of rust, hard water stains, mineral deposits and built-up grease and grime. Can be used in a paste-like formula for the toughest stains or dilute for lighter ones, very versatile and great for almost any hard surface.

Soft Cleanser – In a pre-diluted, liquid form. Has the same active ingredients as the original cleanser though in an easier-to-use form. Use for stainless steel benches and sinks, solid chrome tapware, porcelain, acrylic, rust stains, tarnish or aluminium.

MORE Spray & Foam – The gentlest formula, great for chromes, benches, cleaning oily residues, vertical areas such as backsplashes, great for faucets, tapware and sinks. Also tackles everyday grime, but with a massive kick and shine.

Scrub Daddy Original - Yellow - The original revolutionary sponge. His FlexTexture changes depending on water temperature. In cold water, he's firm and in warm water, he's soft for general scrubbing applications. He's been lab tested on over 20 surfaces to be scratch free. Scrub Daddy rinses free of debris, is dishwasher safe, and resists odours for up to 8 weeks.

Scrub Daddy Colours - Colours code your cleaning with Scrub Daddy colours. He's made of the original FlexTexture that made Scrub Daddy famous.

Scrub Mommy Pink - Scrub Mommy is extremely versatile with her softer side. She's a dual sided sponge with one half, the original FlexTexture that made Scrub Daddy products famous, as well as the super soft, suds generating ResoFoam side. Scrub, Flip and Wipe.



6 Ways NOT to Use Bar Keepers Friend
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